Activities

To develop innovative products within the medical field, four main activities were executed: workshops with expert doctors, engineers, and companies; lectures with experienced researchers; joint research projects between partners; and periodic meetings.

Workshops and lectures

•With medical doctors – June 2010, UdG (Spain). These sessions generated an appreciable pool of ideas about medical devices, prostheses, and treatments. These ideas were the starting point of the case studies developed as joint research projects.
•With companies – July 2010, UdG (Spain). It was useful to show the goals of the IREBID project and involve the industrial sector.
•With master and PhD students – June 2011, UNIBS (Italy) and November 2012 CTI (Brazil). These sessions (workshops and lectures) with early stage researchers, experienced researchers, and doctors were carried out in order to exchange medical and technological knowledge.
•With early stage researchers – during the project several lectures were given by expert researchers in order to train and involve early stage researchers.

Joint Research Projects

•Various joint research projects were established between two or more IREBID partners with the objective of developing innovative medical solutions.
•The 414 secondments funded by the European Commission provided an interchange of knowledge and expertise between partners, nurturing the joint research projects and enhancing the quality and the impact of the results produced within the IREBID project.

Meetings

•Several meetings were held in order to manage the project, involve master or PhD students in research on medical devices, and update the joint research projects and their results.
•The meetings carried out are:
-University of Girona, UdG (Girona, Spain) – June and July 2010
-Events Center (Pisa, Italy) – August 2010
-Events Center (Paris, France) – January 2011
-Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA) – July and August 2011
-Events Center (Lago di Garda, Italy) – May 2012
-Information Technology Center Renato Archer , CTI (Campinas, Brazil) – November 2012
-Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, IPL (Leiria, Portugal) – October 2013
-Technologic Institute of Monterrey, ITESM (Monterrey, Mexico) – March 2014

Other activities

Several additional activities were accomplished during the project:

•The generation of an international conference (International Conference on Design and Processes for Medical Devices, PROMED) which was already held in Italy 2012 and Mexico 2014 and that will be held in UK next 2016
•A first case studies collection book about tracheal stents, a book titled “Biomedical devices: design, prototyping, and manufacture” that will be published by Wiley,
•A special issue that will be published in Virtual and Physical Prototyping (VPP) Journal,
•A flagship project about the open-surgery laparoscopy simulator.

Finally, the partnership was involved in the preparation and submission of a new proposal for the European H2020-MSCA-RISE-2014 call (IREBID 2 – proposal number: SEP-210168604).